It is sensible to make the conclusion that immigration from the Third World should be stopped because such immigrants enlarge all the problems that currently exist in America. America has drug crime, a bloated welfare state, lackluster education, and overcrowded cities; and such immigrants only add to these problems. Thus, Third World immigration should be stopped.

Some libertarians come to that aforementioned conclusion. Some libertarians go further, make communitarian arguments, and oppose white displacement. For libertarians, the issue of immigration is a paradox because immigration inflates the state, but without the state there would utterly open borders and all of that would continue. Libertarians can either allow that state the power to limit immigration or watch their nation disappear. Christopher Cantwell tries to provide an answer to this paradox, writing: “If libertarians are going to weigh in on State policy decisions, they would be wise to take the consequences of policy into consideration, instead of psychotically attempting to get the State to abide by the non-aggression principle one step at a time” [Libertarianism is Not a Suicide Pact, Cantwell, C., 11/18/2015].

This paradox is rooted in libertarianism’s adoption of the myth of personal autonomy. The myth of personal autonomy says that every individual person owns his or her body in totality. It is his or her right to do anything with it insofar that it does not harm other individuals because that harms the personal autonomy of other individuals. There are differing interpretations of personal autonomy, but for libertarianism, it extends to property. For the reason, it is immoral for the state to take property vis-à-vis taxes without authorization, so the state is an immoral entity. Likewise, it follows that it is immoral for the state to restrict free movement of people (i.e., immigration) because that doesn’t harm the personal autonomy of the natives of the place to which they are moving. In so many words, libertarian philosophy condemns the state, and the nation is in a condition of open borders without the state.

In fact, arguing against immigration ipso facto is communitarian because it assumes the legitimacy of communities (i.e., the native-born of a nation are different from the newcomers). That is the fallacious center of the modern myth of personal autonomy. No one has total autonomy over himself or herself because we become who we are through the influence of the outside world. We did not invent the clothes that we wear, the languages that we speak, and the things that we believe. We only exist as members of a community.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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